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Discovering Tasmania in the archives

PERMISSION to export Tasmanian tigers, false passports for former SS officers, early weather records and a destitute diggers’ wife were just some of the stories that came to light in the National Archives’ new research guide to Tasmanian records.
The guide, “Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania” by Michael Piggott was launched at Hobart’s LINC Tasmania building on 13 February.
“We are delighted that this guided provides another way of ensuring that our archives on Tasmania are accessible and easy to find,” National Archives director-general David Fricker said.
“We enjoy a productive relationship with the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Officer, having shared premises with them since 2011.
“This is another step to providing the people of Tasmania with access to their own records.”
Mr Fricker said the National Archives’ collection in Hobart dates back to the 19th century and includes detailed records of many colonial functions that were assumed by the Commonwealth following Federation.
“The author, Michael Piggott, has come up with a fresh perspective by delving into previously unexamined records,” Mr Fricker said.
“We certainly hope this guide will stimulate the use of new information to ensure future histories provide a comprehensive view of Tasmania’s past.”
The guide explores the broad themes of Commonwealth-Tasmanian Aboriginal people and records on a number of well-known Tasmanians, from Joseph and Enid Lyons to Peter Cundall and Bob Brown.
Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania is available in hard copy from the National Archives shop or its online shop. It can also be downloaded free of charge at naa.gov.au

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